1. What are tremors?
Tremors are defined as the involuntary, unintentional rhythmic movements commonly affecting hands, legs, face and head. Although, tremors are not restricted to these parts of the body and can materialise in other parts as well.
2. What are the causes of tremors?
Medical conditions such as stroke, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, hyperthyroidism and brain injury are commonly responsible for the occurrence of tremors. Non-medical causes of tremors are muscle fatigue, excessive caffeine or alcohol and stress.
3. What is a physiological tremor?
A physiological tremor primarily occurs as a reaction to some medications, after alcohol withdrawal or in some metabolic conditions such as hypoglycaemia, electrolyte imbalance or hyperthyroidism. It disappears after the treatment of root cause; hence, a thorough examination is required.
4. How are tremors diagnosed?
Tremors are diagnosed after a thorough physical, mental and neurological examination that involves the evaluation of reflexes, coordination, strength, muscle tone and posture. Electromyography is also performed to measure the involuntary muscle activity and muscle response to nerve stimulation.
5. can children suffer from tremors?
Yes, children can also suffer from tremors, such as oscillatory body movements and shaky voice. Fine motor skills of the children are also affected in tremors. If the parents had suffered from tremors, then the risk of their children having tremors also increases.